Still whacky in Oakland: Raiders fire PR director after negative story

Al Davis may be gone, but it appears his son, Mark, has picked up the torch when it comes to being whacky.

The Raiders fired PR director Zak Gilbert Saturday. SF Gate writes:

The Raiders fired P.R. Director Zak Gilbert Saturday. Gilbert had been on the job for one year, and was fired by Raiders owner Mark Davis after he had been brought in by general manager Reggie McKenzie, who had worked with Gilbert in Green Bay.

Team sources say Davis was unhappy with a Sports Illustrated story that was published in April looking back on the team’s 4-12 season in 2012. The article, written by Jim Trotter, cast McKenzie in a good light but Mark Davis didn’t like how the story painted him or the job done by his father, late owner Al Davis, in the previous 10 years.

Gilbert had not been at the facility since the story came out, and was on leave pending Mark Davis’ decision. Will Kiss and Erin Exum have been coordinating interviews and media access during the NFL Draft and organized workouts.

Sure, blame the PR guy for a story that said the Raiders have sucked for a decade. It had nothing to do with Al or Mark, right?

Good luck to the next person who takes that job. One piece of advice: Rent.





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